On Friday, the United Kingdom relaxed its travel advisory for Pakistan after noticing an improved security situation in the country.
The British High Commission in Islamabad has revealed, the UK changed its travel advisory for Pakistan that will be allowing its citizens to travel by road to the north of Pakistan as well as the Kalash and Bamboret valleys.
A statement released by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), quoted by the BHC, says, “today’s announcement is the result of a comprehensive review of UK travel advice for Pakistan, based on a wide-ranging assessment of the country’s security situation. This is the first major update in the travel advice since 2015.”
A statement released by the BHC also mentioned the return of British Airways to Pakistan and the visit by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in October as vital milestones in the “improved security situation” in Pakistan.
Calling the announcement “great news”, Prime Minister Imran Khan Tweeted, “This is great news as it will address two most important econ issues facing Pak today: employment and our current account deficit, by bringing in tourism and investment which in turn will provide employment opportunities especially for our youth.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also welcomed the UK’s decision of relaxing its travel advice for the British nationals and tweeted:
“Pakistan, land of peace and progress with incredible natural beauty, warmth & hospitality. This change in travel advice is encouraging, the first major update to the UK’s travel advisory to Pakistan since 2015. This will further strengthen Pak-UK relations. Welcome to Pakistan.”
Dr. Aisha Farooqui, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also welcomed the UK FCO’s move, she wrote:
“Government and people of Pakistan welcome the comprehensive review of travel advisory for British citizens traveling to Pakistan. A positive step forward, forging even stronger and closer people-to-people links between Pakistan and the UK,” adding that “Look forward to welcoming more tourists, investors, academics and other visitors from the UK.”
Dr. Christian Turner, British High Commissioner to Pakistan stated, “Following my arrival in December 2019, I made this review of the travel advice a priority. It is a great credit to the hard work of the Government of Pakistan in delivering improved security over the past five years. I am delighted that British nationals will be able to see more of what Pakistan has to offer.”